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  1. Cindy

    Sounds like a very smart way to eat. I’m curious what “be the kind of person that takes supplements and then save your money” means? I did ask a doctor once if I should take vitamins and he responded “sure, if you want to waste your money”.

    • The author agrees with your doctor. He said studies show people who take supplements are generally healthier, but it’s more about their lifestyles than the supplements. So he is saying live a healthy lifestyle but skip the supplements.

  2. When did eating become so complicated? Such wisdom here. Found it ironic that we should steer clear of foods that make health claims. And to just eat well rather than supplementing our diet with stuff we should just get from a healthy diet.

    My sister and now my best friend are doing the Optavia diet. My sister is down almost 20 pounds but hasn’t eaten much real food in months. The diet has her eating lots of ‘bars’ and ‘crisps’ and drinking shakes. I worry what will happen when she does begin to eat real food again.

    Have always been a stickler for eating at the table. Heard years ago that children who were raised having dinner at the table are less likely to be alcoholics. Not sure if that is true but used that as my explanation for why we had to sit in the dining room with the TV off. Most nights.

    Thank you for sharing this interesting read.

    • It is kind of crazy, Leslie, what we’ve done to food and eating. The author talks a lot about how we used to learn about food from our mothers and grandmothers, and now it’s mostly from marketers and journalists. And, of course, we’ve grown distant from the growing and even preparing of our own foods. I know I’ve grown too reliant on packaged food-like stuff, and I’ve been working on undoing that. I read labels now, not for the fat content, but for the ingredients.

      I think it’s great that you have established the habit of eating at the table and enjoying each others company while you do so. There are so many benefits to that…health and social. Good on you!

  3. Love the simplicity of his approach. I chuckled at ‘don’t fuel where you buy your fuel’. After an eighteen day road trip, that one hit home! Luckily for me, a lot of them stock fruit.

    • It is nice that gas stations are stocking a bit more variety, including produce. I must confess my go-to snack on a road trip is a salted nut roll and a fountain drink…not high quality fuel, but so enjoyable.

  4. I never read this book but I like the premise and the advice. It seems odd to me that someone had to write a book that told us to eat food, but obviously some people need reminding. Not me, I’m good at finding, making, and eating real food. Maybe too good, now that I think about it.

    • It is a little crazy that anyone would need to “defend” food, but the author does a good job explaining how it became necessary. Good for you on finding, making, and eating real food. I got a little complacent and reliant on processed food-like substances over the years, but I’m getting better, just by making a conscious effort to think about it and plan more.

  5. One thing that came out of Covid restrictions here in the UK was that because of the huge queues to get into supermarkets, we had to become more organised in meal plans and using our freezers properly. By planning a week in advance it was easier to make sure we ate a varied diet. We now try to have our days planned so that we have one meal of the following every week, white fish, oily fish, chicken twice, vegetarian twice, with only one day of red meat, unless we have a roast when we use the left overs for the next days dinner. My food waste went down a lot too, so there were some good things about when we were in lockdown even though we didn’t realise it at the time!

    • Hello Deb! I think it’s great that you are able to recognize lessons learned and some good things that came from COVID restrictions. No matter how difficult things are, there is always something to be gained. Your meal plan sounds perfect. I’m looking forward to farmers markets starting up again soon. There is nothing like fresh, local produce.

  6. Great review…someone could definitely glean good tidbits (punny?!) just from your outline.
    Like Janis, I remember this book from a few years ago and like Ally, I tend to make my own food (I was the earth mama who used the baby food grinder back when only those of us on the ‘fringe’ did so!!!)
    😎
    Take care, Christie.

    • Hello Laura and welcome! Your “punny” tidbits comment made me smile. It sounds like you were ahead of your time with serving real food to your family–or maybe you actually went further back in time to our great grandmothers.

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